Your new apartment lease is signed! Now you’re happily daydreaming about your beautiful new view and enormous closet. Only one thing stands in your way: packing. There are some things that absolutely must be boxed up and moved, but there are just as many things that you can (and should!) toss. For a stress-free move, let your friends at ApartmentSearch explain what you probably don’t need to pack and why! Read the rest of this entry »
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If you’re planning on hosting any friends and family during the holidays this year, it’s likely your apartment will need a little preparation before your guests arrive. The holiday season is a hectic time for most of us, which means things like dusting your apartment may fall to the wayside. Don’t worry though, following these simple steps can help you prepare your apartment for all your loved ones’ visits. Read the rest of this entry »
Noisy neighbors are a common complaint for apartment tenants. However, if you complain about your noisy neighbor, it’s likely that they say the same thing about you from time to time. Even if you have carpet flooring, sometimes you need to take additional steps to keep your apartment soundproof. If you tend to listen to a lot of loud music or play motion related video games, it might be essential for you to limit your sound and stay on your neighbor’s good side. Here are a few tips on keeping the noise level down in your apartment: Read the rest of this entry »
Have you forgotten what the bottom of your sink looks like? Have you taken to using plastic forks because you can’t find your cutlery? Do you hold your breath when you open your (smelly) fridge? Do you avoid opening your kitchen cabinets for fear of a Tupperware avalanche?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in need of an apartment kitchen intervention. The good news is that there’s hope for any apartment kitchen, no matter how messy it may be. The bad news is that you’ll have roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty to put things right. So go on: grab some gloves and consult this list for some handy kitchen rehab tips.
One Step at a Time
Overwhelmed? Don’t be. Tackle one area at a time, my friend, and soon you’ll be on your way to kitchen rehabilitation and a better apartment life.
Start with your refrigerator and freezer. If your foods and beverages are all jumbled together, it can be hard to locate the right ingredient when you want it… or locate the source of that unusual smell. Empty your fridge of everything expired, give the shelves a good scrub, assign each food group a section in the fridge, then rearrange your food so everything is visible. While you’re at it, follow these useful tidbits: Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe you are embarking on a short-term move, or downsizing in favor of lower rent, or trading a small apartment for a big backyard. Whatever your reason for downsizing your living space, know that small apartments still have big potential for happy apartment living. Moving to a smaller apartment doesn’t have to be a downer! In fact, downsizing is actually a great opportunity to rethink the way you live. Here are the ApartmentSearch.com best tips for downsizing your apartment.
Evaluate Your Apartment’s Belongings
It’s time to take a serious look at all of your apartment’s possessions. Downsizing means having to be realistic about what you can keep for your smaller apartment. For example, extra seating in small bedroom isn’t really necessary. Ask yourself: Do you need it, or do you want it?
Once you’ve pared down your possessions, it’s time to evaluate what’s left. Because smaller apartments have less space overall, and likewise, less storage space, you may need to find other storage solutions. One option is to find self-storage for the belongings you won’t be able to fit into your new apartment’s space but that you still need to keep. Maybe you’re hanging on to a family heirloom, or maybe your downsize is only temporary and you’d like to keep your furniture for future use. Self-storage can be a way to keep your things without cluttering up your home.
Organize Your Space
Downsizing apartments can also be a great chance to re-organize. You may even find yourself living more tidily than you did before! Keeping small apartments clean can instantly make them feel more spacious, so take advantage of every shelf and every drawer, and install your own shelving if you can. The more that’s off the floor, the better!
Define Downsized Décor
There are some simple, effective rules you can apply to decorating small apartments. For example, though it may seem counterintuitive, it’s okay to put a large couch in a small living room—it actually helps the room look bigger! And when it comes to color schemes, keep it simple. Too many colors will make the apartment’s space seem too busy, and therefore smaller. Stick with three colors per room, and keep to the same color palette as much as possible.
More Apartment Tips
Want to know more about how to downsize apartments? ApartmentSearch.com has all kinds of ways to make your search for a new apartment easier. Check out our other tips for living in a small apartment on our blog, and be sure to take advantage of our moving checklist!
Breakable items are always one of the biggest challenges on a moving checklist. You want to make sure your china, crystal, and other treasured belongings arrive intact. Never fear: You can do it. It just takes some planning, time, and care. Our moving checklist can help.
Get the goods. The first step of your moving checklist should be to get the right materials. You’ll need bubble wrap, packing peanuts, craft paper or newsprint, and sturdy boxes as well as tape and a marker.
Pack housewares. Gather your dishes, glasses, and decorative items as the next step on your moving checklist. To start, put a cushioning layer of peanuts or bubble wrap in the bottom of the box. Place large or heavy items such as serving bowls in first; lighter items go on top. Wrap each item in paper or bubble wrap. Don’t pack boxes too tightly. Fill any empty spaces with peanuts.
Pack framed art and mirrors. Next on your moving checklist, use masking tape to make an X across the glass on each picture and mirror. This will help keep glass from shifting and breaking.Use bubble wrap to wrap frames, and tape securely.
Pack fragile lamps and lampshades. This step of a moving checklist can pose a challenge. First, remove lightbulbs and lampshades. Wrap lamp bases in bubble wrap and pack them in boxes if possible. Place lampshades in individual boxes with enough packing materials to prevent them from being jarred.
Label everything. As the last step on your moving checklist, take the time to clearly mark all boxes “Fragile” or “Glass.” Also write which room each belongs in. This will save time when you arrive at your new home.
Now that you have a moving checklist for your fragile items, maybe it’s time to find that new apartment you want. We can help you locate great Seattle apartments, Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, and Austin apartments. Then you just have to pack and go!
The entryway of your apartment sets the mood for your home and often gives off a lasting first impression. Make your apartment living space more cozy and memorable by incorporating these tips for organizing the entryway:
Use the entryway closet – If you are lucky enough to have a closet by the front door, this is a perfect place to make room for outerwear, shoes, and other items you may need as you leave your home. At the bare minimum, make sure to have extra hangers, a shoe rack, and a loop hanger for scarves, leashes, and extra bags. If your apartment living entry space does not include a closet, place a coat hanger by the door and a woven basket for shoes.
Have a temporary resting place for your personal belongings – Your keys, cell phone, purse, and shopping bags all need a space for when you walk in the door. Some options include hanging key hooks and a small side table near the door for discarding things when you have your hands full. Having a place for your daily items will also save you time. It is a nifty apartment living tip – When you are ready to walk out the door, you will already know where your important belongings are sitting.
Organize papers – Incoming and outgoing mail can pile up quickly in your apartment living entryway. Manage the flow of paper daily by setting up a designated space for it: Create 2 separate piles for outgoing and incoming mail. Keep both a discard bin and a flexible accordion file near the mail pile. By having a routine and a system you can easily sort the mail as it comes in.
Install a chalkboard or whiteboard – Write reminders for yourself so that you do not forget things as you leave your home. An erasable writeboard can also serve as a reliable scratch pad. How many instances have you found yourself scrambling around your apartment living room to find a pen and paper during an important phone call?
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Decide to Declutter
“Declutter my apartment!” has been on most apartment renters’ to-do lists since New Year’s. And here it is, already March! You shouldn’t wait until apartment moving day to discover lost and unneeded stuff. Start decluttering in simple little steps, room by room. Decide to declutter and don’t delay. Your roommates, pet, family and friends will thank you!
Organize with an Apartment Inventory
You might find your declutter project is easier with some apartment inventory software like Know Your Stuff, a great free application from the Insurance Information Institute. Not only will an apartment inventory help you figure out which Badfinger CD you’re missing from your collection, but it’ll also be a lifesaver if you ever need to make a claim on your renters insurance.
Our Apartment Decluttering Tips
- Decluttering doesn’t use a lot of brainpower. Declutter while watching TV or listening to music – it’s easy!
- Ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this?” The answer may surprise you. Why keep something bulky if you only use it every three years? Can you borrow one from a friend if you need it? Well, then, declutter it!
- Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?” Another popular decluttering question. You don’t necessarily need to find an apartment with more space – you just need to declutter.
- Tiny steps. Don’t tackle the whole apartment at once. Go room by room, or just tackle problem spots that you know will make a big difference.
- Declutter and donate. It helps to know that your decluttered stuff is going to good causes, whether it’s the neighborhood thrift store, the homeless resource center downtown or your best friend.
- Make decluttering fun. Put on some music that makes you want to dance and use that energy to dig through those piles of magazines, dirty clothes and gold bullion. (Okay, probably not the latter) If you have apartment roommates, set up a quick competition to see who can declutter faster or better. The worst declutterer has to clean the fridge!
- Decluttering can make for a good party. Get your friends to declutter their apartments too and bring all the stuff to one place for a white elephant party. Everybody goes home with something they like.
We hope your spring cleaning goes well! And of course, if you do decide that decluttering isn’t enough, find an apartment with the storage space you need at ApartmentSearch.com. You can earn up to $200 in renter rewards with us!
Organize Your Apartment: Get Rid of Stuff
If you’ve got a cluttered or messy apartment, your first problem may be that you’ve just got too much stuff. After your long search for an apartment, you don’t want to be buried in it by miscellaneous piles of papers and clothes that you know you’re never going to wear. Organize your apartment by clearing out the clutter!
Take a Trip to Charity or the Library
If you’re not using it, maybe someone else can. Load up those extra clothes and the furniture that doesn’t quite fit your new digs and drop it off at the local thrift store. Do the same with some of those books that you’ve already read and don’t want to give up, or those you’ve “been meaning to read.” You can always donate books to the local library, and if you ever really need to read them, you can simply borrow them. If you have less stuff, you are on the way to having an organized apartment.
Organize Your Apartment: Rent Storage
You’ve got to keep certain items where you can find them, but you don’t need to trip over them every time you get in the door. Documents proving what you claimed on your taxes, for example, should probably be kept around for 5 to 7 years. Why not rent a storage space to keep some of this out of your apartment complex and out of your way? If the tax man comes round, you can always go and retrieve it. Ask at your management office. Some complexes even offer additional storage right on site, so you don’t have far to go to organize your apartment.
Buy a Few Key Organizational Aids
You don’t need to clean out this whole section of the store. Take a look around your apartment and see what would benefit you most. For example, whether you take your shoes off at the door or pile them up in your closet, either way you’re likely to have a pile cluttering up your floor somewhere. Why not invest a small amount of cash into a shoe rack or shelves so you can stack them neatly and organize your apartment using vertical space?
If paper clutter is your enemy, try scanning documents into a computer and keeping electronic copies only, or investing in a file cabinet. Clearing out the paper piles will help you organize your apartment – and help your state of mind too!
Create Your Own System to Organize Your Apartment
Decide how you’re going to deal with things like mail every day, and find tools and systems that work for you to organize your apartment. Try immediately dealing with junk mail, and having a mini-filing system right at the door to separate bills and materials that you want to read later.
Good luck, and happy organizing!